18 years ago today, Mother Teresa passed away. She was 87 years old.
Less than two weeks ago I posted 15 Mother Teresa quotes to cultivate love and compassion to commemorate the anniversary of her birth.
Even though she is gone, her legacy continues to touch countless lives. And while the work being done to alleviate suffering and poverty is incredibly important, I believe she would really want us to honour her by putting love into action right where we are in simple ways. Here are 12 quotes, beautifully compiled by my team (Thank you Melanie!) to help each of us extend Mother Teresa’s legacy into our daily lives.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa
“At the hour of death when we come face-to-face with God, we are going to be judged on love; not how much we have done, but how much love we put into the doing.” ― Mother Teresa
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if the drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop.” ― Mother Teresa
“There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.” ― Mother Teresa
“There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough.” ― Mother Teresa
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” ― Mother Teresa
“Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.” ― Mother Teresa
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” ― Mother Teresa
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” ― Mother Teresa
“I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person.” ― Mother Teresa
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” ― Mother Teresa
“Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love….The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.” ― Mother Teresa